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Fitosociologia numero 41 (1) S1

pag. 187-191: Biodiversity, Rural Landscape and Environmental policy in Agriculture

A. Finco & M. Pollonara

Dipartimento di Biotecnologie Agrarie ed Ambientali, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, I-60131 Ancona; e-mail: finco@agrecon.unian.it

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abstract

Since the 1992 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) recognized the need for contributing to an environmentally sustainable form of agriculture production and management. The increasing intensification of agriculture has involved the abandonment of zones historically defined as semi natural pasture lands and the decay of traditional rural landscape in the agriculture system. This constitutes a serious danger for the conservation of biodiversity and landscape.
The agri-environmental policies are a instrument which provide by subsidies to payments for commitments going beyond good agricultural practice, landscape and biodiversity improvement.

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agri - environmental policy, biodiversity, rural landscape